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September week 4… Rich pickings!

There is soooo much fruit out there at the moment, it’s everywhere, in our gardens, parks, road sides and orchards. We have had the best day hunting for apples, pears, elderberries, cob nuts and brambles (blackberries). Our house is full of free fruit!

In the front of our garden we have a beautiful cob nut tree. We only discovered you can eat the nuts last year when we spotted some in Morrisons and thought – we have those in the garden! They are lovely and sweet – a little like hazelnuts. Make sure you know your nuts before eating them, as some like acorns are poisonous.

Cob nut tree

Cob nut tree

We were about to set off to a community orchard near by when our neighbour popped around and asked us to come and pick some of his apples – he has about 10 apple trees which were laden with fruit. Look at all the apples we were given.

So many apples

We then went to the community orchard and picked yet more apples (we plan to try our hand at cider!), and some elderberries. Here we are preparing them by pulling off the berries and putting them in a big washing up bowl of water – closely supervised by Marley! These are destined to be elderberry cordial and jam. Apparently elderberry jam is good for sweetening tea – watch this space!

Preparing elderberries

It has been a wonderful year for fruit, if you’ve not done so yet – get fruit hunting! Jane

2 Responses to September week 4… Rich pickings!

  1. Phil says:

    Cider is a very good idea and not as difficult as you might think. Let me know how you get on, and if you need help tasting it!

    • admin says:

      You have inspired me – next Autumn I will send you my cider making photos! Jane

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